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Poster: Wichita Clem Date: Aug 23, 2014 6:32pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Transcendant Radio (non Dead, or maybe not)

The talk of radio in general and local radio specifically has reminded me how important the medium was.
In 1968 Wichita was the home, however unfortunate, to one of the most closed minded airwaves ever.
KLEO was as tight a top 40 as any in the nation, and KEYN (as tight minded as any "album rock" station) was not yet even a dribble down a programmer's leg.
Some insane person (the only name I can remember is Kevin Craig) convinced a (simpleminded) owner that the Donohue model could work in the heartland.
Channel 97 (97.5FM) was born, and, at least a few lives were changed.
For better or worse can be debated, but, at least for me, as a high school soph, it was a branch in the path. Think Frost here. I woke up to "Help I'm a Rock".
I took my mom's car up to 17th Street to tell the loons on air that Whipping Post had been skipping for 20 minutes while they spent time in the station parking lot altering their, and at least a few other's orbits.
It was important to a few of us.
It ended while I was screwing up at KU, but it's legacy was a career at Budget Tapes and Records and later several other record (remember them.......graphics and sonics)stores.
The airwaves defined me.
Minnesota Public or Pudunck USA, the connection matters.
Those who have not dialed in to the ether are missing something.

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Poster: rogerscottjackson Date: Aug 24, 2014 9:43am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Transcendant Radio (non Dead, or maybe not)

Wichita's freak community was never the same after Channel 97 changed formats in October, 1971.